Justein “Jeff” Franklin Cook, 97, of Cedar Rapids, died Thursday, July 9, 2020 at The Gardens of Cedar Rapids. A private immediate family memorial service will be held on Friday, July 17, 2020, with inurnment and full military honors to follow at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
The memorial service will be live streamed on Friday, July 17th at 1:00 p.m. and may be viewed at: https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/94242515
Jeff was born December 21, 1922 in Ottumwa, Iowa the son of Erwin and Ozela Cook. He graduated from McKinley High School in June of 1941. He was an apprentice pressman for the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Jeff married Bernadine B. Frame, May 10th, 1942 in Lancaster, Missouri prior to serving in the military. He served in the United States Army during WWII and was Honorably Discharged in1944. After his service, he was employed with the City of Cedar Rapids as the Supervisor of the Recreation Department. Jeff proudly retired in 1985 after 40 years of service.
Jeff enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, golfing, cooking, and wood-working; but his greatest love was spending time with family and friends. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, 50 year member of the Iowa Parks & Recreation Association, Elks Lodge, El Kahir Shrine, Consistory and Mizpha Masonic Blue Lodge, and Sunrise Optimist Club.
Survivors include his son Thomas (Suzanne) of Maple Grove, Minnesota, son Timothy (Vickii) of Kingman, Arizona, and daughter Marcia “Marci” (Nigel) Wright of Marion, Iowa, eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernadine, parents, a brother Melvin Cook, and a sister Bernice (Cook) Dorcas.
Memorial may be directed to the Salem United Methodist Church.